It Pleased The Father To Be Fully In Christ Jesus
Thank you choir. Thank you brother Tim. Would you turn with me to Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. Colossians chapter 1. The first chapter of Colossians beginning with verse 12.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Do you read graffiti? It is hard not to read it, isn’t it? Most of it is as filthy as the places in which it is found. But not all of it. One of the things that I have noticed about graffiti over the years is that it is progressive. Somebody will writing something on the walls and then somebody will come later and write something else and maybe even a 3rd person will come and respond to that. Let me give you a couple of examples. “To be or not to be” – Shakespeare was behind it Someone else writing, “To be is to do” – John Paul Sartre And then some crank came by and said “Do be do be do” signed Frank Sinatra. Well, here’s another one. “God is dead” signed Neitze. Someone else came along and wrote “Neitze is dead” signed God. Or “Christ is the answer” and someone wrote “What is the question?” And someone came along and wrote “Whatever the question, Christ is the answer.” Do you believe that? Do you believe that Christ is the answer? I believe that He is the answer to life. I believe that He is the answer to death. I believe that Christ is the answer to every need that we have. And I think that is what these verses are all about. The key verse that I would like for us to zero in on is verse 19. Last week, we began a 7 sermon series on what was God pleased to do. Last week, we talked about, first of all from Isaiah 53, God is pleased to bruise His own Son Jesus on the cross and why would He do that? To show us the seriousness of sin. To express and demonstrate His will and love. And also, by the way for us to be saved. And today, God is pleased for Jesus to be the center of attention. Notice first 18, that He might have what? Pre-eminence. The word fullness in verse 19 means that it is full, without any gaps. It was often used of warships when they were fully manned and fully supplied and ready to go to war. Totally full and ready. Well what does that mean or what does that say about Jesus Christ? I want to emphasize 4 things I think about this particular statement in verse 19 mean.
Here’s the first. Jesus Christ is all God. He’s all God. All of God is in Jesus Christ. When you have Jesus Christ, then you have access to all of God. To see what God is like, we must look to Jesus. He perfectly represents God to man and in a form that we can understand. He is not, should I say, A sketch of God. He’s not a summary of God. No. In Him, there’s nothing left out. He’s the full revelation of God Himself and nothing else is necessary. You might remember how John, the apostle, opens up his gospel. In chapter 1 and verse 18 “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Or you might remember the conversation that took place later in John 14:7 where Jesus says “If ye had known me, ye should have known the Father”. To know Jesus, is to know God the Father. And notice in verse 19 the word dwell. Should all fullness dwell. It indicates permanent residence. It’s not something temporary. It’s not something that’s added on, it’s a part of His essential being.
A preacher one day was confronted by a cultist. And the cultist said, “Jesus can’t be the eternal Son of God.” The preacher responded, “Why not?” “Because the Father is always older than his son.” And the preacher said to him, “But what makes a father the father? You have to have a son or a daughter. And God is an eternal Father and therefore Jesus is an eternal Son and He’s God.” I think Jesus had a perfect response to that man’s questioning. Do I understand the Trinity? Absolutely not! Brother Jim, do you fully understand the Trinity? I don’t either. Do I believe it? Absolutely so! I believe it with every fiber that I have. I do believe the Trinity. You see, God has chosen to relate to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But we do not have introduction to hardly any of those 3 until we meet Jesus. And it’s when we give our heart and our life to the one who gave His life for us, that all of a sudden we began to know God as a forgiving God. It is only through Jesus that I have access to the Holy Spirit to come in and breath God’s life within me. See, Jesus is the key. When I turn to Him as my Savior, then God becomes my forgiving Father and the Holy Spirit becomes my indwelling presence of God in me.
Here’s the second thing. The all of our existence. That’s who Jesus is. The all of our existence. Look at verses 16 & 17.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
You see, we owe our physical existence to Him. Would you agree with that? That’s what the Scripture says. I believe it. Notice 3 things. First, we are created by Him. You know, you and I. God wanted us to be born or we would never have been born. He specifically created you. And when He did, He made you different than any other person in this world. When He chiseled you and I, in the womb of our mother, He made sure that we were different than anybody He had ever created or will ever create. We’re a unique creation by God. You are because God wanted you to be. Listen to the Psalmist David, in Psalm 139, beautify words when he shares the following in verse 14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” God was the One in charge and the One developing us in the womb of our mother to become you and to become me. Here’s the second thing. We’re not only created by Him, but we were created for Him. You have purpose in living. God didn’t create you for nothing. Aren’t you glad of that? God did not create you for nothing. As a matter of fact, He had such wonderful plans for you, and He’s excited about your future. God is looking forward to what He, as Norma said so wonderfully well, He continues to mold us and to make us like who? Himself. WOW!! What do you think Betty? Aren’t you glad that God wants you and I to be like Jesus? That doesn’t mean sandals and all of that does it? No. It means His character. God wants me to be like Jesus. God wants you to be the same way. And yet that future can only be found through Christ. A favorite verse of so man is Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God’s got wonderful plans for us. You see, we’re not only created by Him, but we’re created for Him. Thirdly, we’re sustained by Him. God cares what’s going on in our life. God’s been sustaining us for a long time. As a matter of fact, every breath that you take, and every day you live is God’s wonderful gift to you. Throughout your life, God’s been taking care of you behind the scenes. You know what the remarkable thing about our Father is? He’s been letting you think that you’ve been doing that good job. He’s been taking care of you, but He lets you think that you’ve been then one doing it. We’re sustained by God. Do any of you believe that you and I could lose life right now where we are? Anybody believe that? Who’s in charge of that? Not you and I? God is. The fact that you and I saw a brand new day on February 22, 2009, says that God’s in charge and He’s still sustaining our lives. There was a cloud of dust at home plate. Catcher was yelling, “Was he out or was he safe?” The umpire waits a moment and then said, “he ain’t nothing until I call it.” That’s God. God’s in charge. And we even owe our spiritual lives to Him. Would you say so? Look at verse 20. 20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
It pleased the Father that Jesus Christ would all of God to us. But secondly, it pleased the Father that His Son Jesus would be totally involved in your life and in my life.
Here’s the third thing. Jesus Christ is all we need. Jesus Christ is all we need. Is anyone able to quote Philippians 4:19? I think I just asked you that recently. Anybody that can quote it? “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He’s the answer. God has determined that He would be the answer to your needs. All of what God has is available to you and I through Jesus. He’s the mediator. The poor woman saw the Atlantic Ocean for the very first time. Tears were coming down her cheek. A friend said, “Honey, what do you think about it?” She said, “It’s the first thing I’ve ever seen in my life that there seems to be enough of it.” There’s enough of Jesus. As a matter of fact, Jesus is enough. His strength is enough, His wisdom is enough, His patience is enough, His love is enough. What else do you need today? Jesus can meet that need. In John 8:58, Jesus was having a discussion with the hypocrites or the Pharisees and He said this to them as they were bragging about being the descendants of Abraham., “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Now those last 2 words are interesting because they are the same 2 words that God used as His own name. Back in Exodus 3:14, when He spoke to Moses out of that bush that was burning, but yet was not being consumed and Moses’ concern was that “You’re calling me back to my people in Egypt. Who am I to say that I am? Egypt is a land of lots of gods. Who am I to tell them which god is sending me?” God said to tell them “I AM THAT I AM”. Those 2 words, I AM, was the name that God used for Himself. God is the great I AM. Jesus is the great I AM. And whatever you and I need, Jesus wants you to know that He is what you need. Hear Him say to you today “I AM the strength that you need.” “I AM that wisdom that your life is calling out for now.” “I AM the patience that you desperately need right now.” “I AM the love.” Hear Him say “I AM the forgiveness of that sin that you are weighted down with today.” “I AM the forgiveness for that sin or any sin.” Hear Him say today “I AM the power to seek reconciliation.” “I AM that power to overcome that bad habit in your life.” “I AM financial security.” “I AM the determination to see you through whatever situation that you are facing today.” “I AM!” What’s your need today? You will hear the Master say to you, “I AM the answer to that need.” God is pleased that ALL of your needs can be supplied in Jesus Christ.
And fourthly, Jesus Christ is our all-sufficient Savior. All-sufficient Savior. Verses 14 & 20, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself”
You know, the object of Christ coming to earth was simply, we talked about it last week, to die. And His death is what? A reconciling work between God and man. And God takes the initiative. What I find interesting in the Scripture, no where in my study of the New Testament, and brother Ray you might agree, that we don’t find the Bible talking about God being reconciled to anybody. The Scripture always says that people are reconciled to God because His feelings for you at all times is love. God does not have to be reconciled to you. He’s always loving you. You and I are the ones that need to be reconciled to Him. The way of reconciliation is the blood of the cross. It’s the death of His own Son. Jesus is the only mediator between a Holy God and a sinful me and you. He’s the only one that can reconcile us together. Jesus is the all sufficient. Now Paul was writing to a church that undoubtedly was hearing a lot of people say, “You need Jesus AND…” and they would fill in the blanks. Jesus is good and you need to start with Jesus, but you need Jesus and circumcision, you need Jesus and you don’t take that food that was offered to idols, you need Jesus and good works, you need Jesus and tradition, you need Jesus and ritual. Underline this would you? It’s never Jesus plus something equals salvation. NEVER Jesus plus anything else. He is the all-sufficient. Did He not say, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.” He’s the only way to God. In the closing days of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis realized that Richmond wasn’t the place to be, he skedaddled. As a matter of fact, a lot of people were leaving Richmond in the closing days of the Civil War. A union army band came along, 3 wagons full of Confederate money. I mean, it would have made anybody rich. Their problem was, they were hungry. They were tired and they couldn’t use one dollar bill from what they had confiscated in those 3 wagons to pay for one more item of food because it wasn’t good money anymore. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Got 3 wagons full of money, I mean piled high! I’m RICH!! That’s what you think. But it’s not enough. Jesus is the only One who is enough. And it pleased the Father to make Jesus the only way. I return once again to that verse found in Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, I AM…” You know, that was a good message. He’s saying, “I’m eternally God”. I am past, I’m present, I’m future. I’m whatever you need. Powerful message to enslaved people in Egypt. But aren’t you glad that God is allowing that same message to come to you and I on February 22, 2009 in China Grove through His Son Jesus Christ, who again said “I AM”. What a message for us today. As a matter of fact, on the back of your sheet, you have several verses from Matthew and I printed them there because they’re from The Amplified version that I want to refer to right now. Remember Jesus had fed the 5,000 earlier in that particular chapter He had gone to the mountains to pray and had sent His disciples out on a boat. What happened? Storm came, they were scared to death, and then Jesus came walking on the water, and now we enter into Matthew 14:26-27
“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid!”
What a message. The message comes to you and I. He’s the great I AM! No matter what’s happening in our life. No matter what the storm, God can meet our needs. We have no reason to be frightened. But the problem is, He can be the great I AM, but you and I aren’t often experiencing all the great I AM wants to be in our lives. How can we experience Him as the great I AM? Well, you the story. You know Peter launches out and says, “I want to walk on the water too.” For a little while his eyes are on Jesus, then takes his eyes of Jesus and he starts to fall and Jesus reaches him. Then the Scriptures says that when they came to the boat, verse 33 “And those in the boat knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God!” At that moment, I can almost visualize the fear on their faces just melting away. Because at that moment, Jesus became the I AM to them. He always is the I AM. But it takes you and I to say “Truly You are” before He can be the I AM to us. I wonder what He could do today if He could hear “Go for it Jesus. I want you to be the I AM in my life. Truly You are.” Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists [Truly You are] and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [I AM].”
That’s our part, believing, taking the step of faith. He becomes the I AM when you and I say YOU ARE!. And it pleased the Father that Jesus would be the I am to the You are. To everyone of us who would say to Him “Truly You are” and today, He extends and invitation to you an invitation to trust Him as Savior and Lord. He wants you to experience His forgiveness, to experience the Spirit of Almighty God coming into your life and beginning to do the process of making you like Him. And day by day chipping away the sin and day by day making you more and more like your Father above. As He represented Himself to us in Jesus Christ here on earth. Would you like that process to happen in your life? It could happen today if you would say to God, “Truly you are the Son of God. I believe that you died for me. Right now, I’m asking you to forgive the sin in my life. All of that stuff that is caked on me. God please remove it all, and begin to work on it and get rid of it and I want you to come into my life and be the Lord of my life. You be in charge.” God wants to do that today if you will say “You Are”.